Standard and Poor’s has hired John Keker, one of the country’s top white-collar defense attorneys, to help fight a $5 billion lawsuit brought by the US government this week.
Keker, who is based in San Francisco and has represented everyone from cyclist Lance Armstrong to Enron’s Andrew Fastow, was hired at the recommendation of Floyd Abrams, a prominent New York attorney who also represents the ratings firm.
“John Keker is one of the great trial lawyers in this country,” Abrams said.
Keker did not return calls seeking comment. A spokeswoman for his firm, Keker & Van Nest, confirmed that Keker and another partner, Elliot Peters, were on the case.